Abilities and Limitations (Acts 6:2-7)
- What would happen if you tried to work every hour of every day?
- Share a time when you worked with a group of people who cooperated well together.
2 So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. 3 Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them 4 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”
5 This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. 6 They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.
7 So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.
These verses explain one of the ways that the believers in Acts organized their efforts. They worked together to form a system. It wasn’t chaotic. They didn’t waste energy, time or resources. They wanted to work efficiently for God.
They recognized their own abilities and their own limitations. They didn’t run around trying to do everything at once. They didn’t try to do more than they could do, and they worked hard at what they could do. As a result, the church grew, and more and more people came to know Jesus.
Believers today also need to share responsibilities. No one can do it all. And everyone should be doing something. We need to prayerfully consider where our abilities best fit into God’s work. We need to ask God to assign us to tasks that will allow us to best serve him. And as a result, the Word of God will spread.
Dear God, please help us to know and use the abilities you have given us. Please also help us to know our own limitations. Amen.
From “Once-A-Day At the Table Family Devotional: 365 Daily Readings and conversation starters for your family” (2012)
Christopher D. Hudson
With Acts 6:4-6 added
Acts 6:1 – A concern and need was brought forth.
Acts 6:2 – Gathering in corporate prayer and raised concerns that “you can’t do it all.”
Acts 6:3 – A decision to choose workers.
Acts 6:4 – Focus on prayer.
Acts 6:5 – Cooperation and presentation of those chosen from their congregation to do the job.
Acts 6:6 – Those willing to do the job were prayed over.
Acts 6:7 – Word of God spread and obedience to faith.